Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is reshaping the world of corporate responsibility in the seafood industry through the creation of powerful information tools and a methodology that enables companies to directly engage with suppliers of natural resources.
Our Vision is one of healthy marine and aquatic ecosystems; secure seafood supplies; and a thriving, responsible seafood economy.
Our Mission is to engage and catalyze global seafood supply chains in rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming.
Since its founding in 2006, SFP has been leading and catalyzing fishery and aquaculture improvement projects globally by convening, educating, and advising supply chain stakeholders including major retailers, restaurant chains, seafood brand owners, buyers, producers (fishers), nonprofit organizations, and fisheries management and scientific institutions to improve fisheries and aquaculture practices and policies.
SFP fills a specific gap between industry and the marine conservation community, utilizing the power of the private sector to help less well-managed fisheries meet the environmental requirements of major markets. Our work is organized around two main principles: making available up-to-date information on fisheries for the benefit of major buyers and other fisheries stakeholders; and using that information to engage all stakeholders along the supply chain in fisheries improvements and moving toward sustainability.
SFP operates through two main principles: information and improvement.
SFP has created a public database of fisheries, FishSource, which contains assessments of sustainability and improvement needs. There are more than a thousand profiles now available with more being added every week. FishSource reduces one of the primary barriers to seafood companies engaging in fisheries improvement, namely access to reliable and detailed information about the status of fisheries.
The information on FishSource is also linked to a software package called SFP Metrics that can advise corporate partners about the sustainability status of the fish they are ordering. This means that any company can get constantly updated fisheries information to help staff implement sustainability policies.
Once seafood companies have information, they can then identify where the problems lie in their supply chain and take action. However, trying to engage directly in a fishery, which may be thousands of miles away, is a daunting prospect for most organizations, especially when they have no in-house expertise on marine management. SFP helps to overcome this barrier by convening companies in pre-competitive supply chain roundtables and supporting practical action through fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and aquaculture improvement projects (AIPs).
Through combining data with analysis and the tools for effective action, SFP has successfully mobilized the seafood industry to deliver improvements in fishing and aquaculture. The organization continues to develop new approaches to mobilizing industry while increasing the number of corporate partners and expanding the geographical spread of operations.